Target: Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Expedia
Goal: Stop selling tickets to attractions that use endangered species.
Animals that have become staples at exotic, popular and, unregulated tourist sites live damaging and unhealthy lives in captivity. Elephants are oftentimes abused by handlers, dolphins restricted from the sea develop behavioral issues, and lions are drugged in order to appear tamer in front of tourists who pay hundreds to ride and pet these wild animals.
TripAdvisor, a popular online travel site, has announced plans to halt ticket sales to all attractions and events that use wild, endangered animals as forms of entertainment. This includes elephant rides and swimming with dolphins. Zoos and aquariums, however, will still be advertised.
TripAdvisor is risking great financial loss due to this. However, they are being praised by animal rights activists for taking a stand in favor of protecting our rapidly depleting population of majestic, wild animals.
Other online travel sites should follow suit. Sign the petition to ask that Expedia, another popular site on which visitors can book elephant rides and dolphin swims, gradually phase out the ability to purchase tickets for these attractions. Wild, endangered animals should be protected and admired, not made into tourist attractions and photo-ops.
Dear Mr. Khosrowshahi,
Your competitor, TripAdvisor, has pledged to bring an end to ticket sales for attractions that use endangered animals. This will protect thousands of elephants, dolphins, and lions that are abused and mistreated for the purpose of tourism.
I ask that your company follow suit. Instead of advertising elephant rides and dolphin swims, sell tickets for conservation sites, and for places that strive to protect these majestic animals in the comfort of their natural habitat.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: McKay Savage